The 292-room Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre is the upcoming new MiCE destination in the African region. The multi-functional convention centre can house over 5,000 delegates with a variety of tailor-made options for any type of event.
The buck stops here! Located 10 minutes away from Kigali International Airport in the heart of the city, Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali shapes itself up as the ultimate MiCE destination. As you enter the compound, you will find picturesque well-manicured lawns with beautiful flora, accompanied by the on and off soothing chirping of birds. Owned by Government of Rwanda, Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre is a significant destination which provides an absolutely Rwandese experience to its visitors. Nagendran Naidu, Director, Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre, Kigali, furnished details of how the MiCE activities are conducted, saying, “When we have big conventions and conferences, we share space with the other properties in the vicinity. We work together complementing each other so that we drive more MiCE events to the destination. Our facilities can accommodate any corporate or even private event.”
Rooms with views
The hotel comprises 292 luxurious rooms in various categories which are modern, spacious and equipped with the latest amenities. The room options are many ranging from standard rooms, Business Class, five junior suites, five Presidential suites to an oversized Royal Suite. “The rooms are very personalised for every category; you need to tap in your key card and press the desired floor in order to enter the level; from there on, there is another entrance which will take you up to your rooms, giving it an utmost feel of luxury. There are two different room views; one which overlooks the pool and the other which overlooks the road side. So, you can decide which view you prefer,” Naidu informed. The property is shaped in a way that every room overlooking the pool view has a balcony. Guests can opt for swimming or a work-out in the modern equipped gym or indulge in a rain mist shower, steam bath, sauna or a treatment at the Amani spa.
Eat to your heart’s content
According to Naidu, if you enter the lobby at any time of the day, there will be water and juice accompanied by the crispiest banana chips and cookies which melt in the mouth with every bite. If you are a guest in the Business Class rooms or in the suites, you have access to the special business lounge which serves tea, coffee, savouries, etc. “Restaurant-wise, there are three options to choose from; the outdoor terrace overlooking the swimming pool, ‘The Larder’ – an all-day dining restaurant combining classic local cuisine with a global fusion. If you are an Italian food lover, you are in for an absolute treat with ‘Filini’ restaurant located on the same side of the convention centre. From the regular Italian cuisine of pasta and pizza, one of the most popular dishes is the Tilapia fish. The ingredients are very fresh with a ‘farm to the table’ concept,” he informed. Over the weekend, the restaurant has its own two-piece band which plays some of the most loved soul music from yesteryears.
The Auditorium Club caters to VIPs while the Business Class lounge and piazza bar provide special spaces for guests travelling in Business Class. The lounge can be used for various events and activities around the year, depending on their requirements. The multi-functional areas which can host varied types of events, conferences and private gatherings according to the specified requirements makes it a MiCE destination of its own. Naidu points out that when events are held at the convention centre, Radisson Blu shares the business with properties in the vicinity. “Facility-wise, we can cater to 10 to 15 people in smaller rooms while the larger areas are reserved for large scale exhibitions, events and even private functions like destination weddings. Both indoor and outdoor can be utilised. In fact, every single inch of the premises has been really purpose-built,” he shared. In addition, there is a private boardroom and a 24-hour business centre catering to the needs of those who will host a meeting or a quick round-table.